I am so excited to be part of this special collaboration for Art Prize 2015! Bluring the lines between fine art and craft, Feast-7 Hungry Artists is a multi layered, conceptual entry that is created with well crafted, functional and decorative objects for the home. Each part of this installation is original in concept and design, and the pieces are individually hand crafted using age old techniques. My part of this meaningful and decorative installation is the sterling flatware. There are 24 pieces total, which include 8, three piece place settings (knife fork and spoon). I've used 4 different stone inlays and 4 different designs for the place settings so each place setting is different. I've created these pieces using goldsmithing and silversmithing techniques. Each one begins with silver sheet and wire that is forged, cut, filed, formed, soldered, sanded and polished. The stone inlays are natural gemstones inherited from my father's collection found on his travels across the US. I have designed the pieces using aesthetics found in the work of designers Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright and in the Danish modern and mission styles. If you look at the individual parts of our installation you will notice how certain elements travel from one artists' work to the next, creating a balanced and harmonious environment. While you are here, consider the meaning of the table; sharing meals, festivities, serious meetings, celebrations and feasts, and while you are at ArtPrize fill yourself with whatever your spirit is craving... Bon Appetit! Feast by 7 Hungry Artists can be seen during the Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition at The Women Club, 254 Fulton. Sept. 32-Oct. 11. Vote code: 62396 -Julie Sanford is an award winning jewelry designer, creating and exhibiting studio jewelry in the West Michigan area for over 25 years. Along with a successful jewelry design business Julie is also the director of Studio JSD, metalsmithing workshop and gallery in Grand Haven Michigan, serves as Vice President of The Michigan Silversmiths Guild and leads jewelry related classes and workshops at national trade shows and conferences, technical schools, universities, private studios and galleries. Julie and her work are often featured in books, articles, trade magazines, news media and gallery exhibits.
Julie's ArtPrize Entries
These are Julie's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Julie's Past Work
These are images of past work that Julie has done.